U.S. 5G networks debuted as non-standalone or 5G NSA, which meant that the network used a 5G radio access network (RAN) but operated on a 4G core network. But now operators are transitioning to standalone 5G, or 5G SA, which means the entire network from the RAN to the core is 5G. SA promises many advantages such as high speeds, lower latency, better efficiency and more flexibility. Operators with 5G SA networks can more easily allocate resources and finally deploy advanced services such as network slicing. This panel will provide an update on 5G SA networks in the U.S. and overseas and look at whether moving to a 5G core provides big advantages in terms of efficiency and new service offerings. What can 5G SA networks do that 5G NSA networks can’t do and how can operators best monetize these capabilities?
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